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Real Madrid RMA Asensio (19'), Nacho (25'), Vinicius Jr (56'), Mendy (76')
Primera Division Gameweek 14
Nov 21, 2021 KO: 15:15

Granada - Real Madrid

Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes Granada
Referee: Juan Martínez
  19' Asensio
  25' Nacho
Suárez 34'  
  56' Vinicius Jr
  76' Mendy

Match preview

Booed Bale ruled out – How will Real Madrid line up against Granada?

Gareth Bale angered Real Madrid fans by picking up a calf injury against Wales in World Cup qualifying, ruling him out of the Granada trip in La Liga.

Real Madrid will try to maintain their strong start to the Primera Division season on Sunday, when they travel to Granada.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side find themselves second in La Liga heading into the weekend, having lost just one of their opening 12 matches. They have been prolific in front of goal, netting 28 times – seven more than anyone else in the league – while they have conceded just 13.

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Meanwhile, Granada are sitting just above the relegation zone and are the type of side Madrid will feel they need to beat if they are to win the title, although the first match back after the international break is typically one fraught with difficulty.

Ancelotti will travel with a strong squad for the match, although they will be without Gareth Bale after the attacker picked up an injury on international duty.

The 32-year-old has not featured for Madrid since August but featured for Wales in World Cup qualifying when he picked up a knock against Belarus. He is not expected to return until mid-December after suffering what appears to be a recurrence of his previous calf injury.

Bale was booed by angry fans as he returned to Real Madrid’s training ground on Friday.

Otherwise, Real Madrid’s squad is in a happier state. Dani Ceballos will miss out and it is doubtful that fellow midfielder Fede Valverde will play.

There are also minor concerns over Rodrygo and Mariano Diaz.

The in-form attacking duo of Karim Benzema and Vini Jr will have starring roles from the start, while the midfield and defence will be working at full capacity.

Marco Asensio could occupy the spot on the right of attack, but that is the only area where there is a significant question mark ahead of Sunday’s encounter.

Probable Real Madrid starting XI versus Granada

Match statistics

Granada
Statistics
Real Madrid
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
4
14
Draws
6
4
Losses
10
2
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
22
46
Goals Per Game
1.10
2.30
More > 2.5 Goals
10
15
More > 3 Goals
5
7
Scored First in a Match
6
12
Scored Both Halves
4
8
Won More > 1 Goal
2
5
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
31
20
Did Not Score
6
2
Both Teams Scored
12
14
Kept Clean Sheet
4
6
Won Without Conceding
2
4
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
469
789
Possession
39
61
Passes
303
604
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
8.90
17
Shots on Target
3.00
6.15
Goals out of Shots
0.15
0.14
Crosses
14
27
Offsides
2.33
2.63
Penalties
0.10
0.10
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.20
0.30
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
19
8.75
Interceptions
8.50
9.00
Own Goals
0.00
0.00
Aerials Won
15
8.25
Total Shots Conceded
15
10
Shots on Target Conceded
5.40
3.89
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.11
0.12
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
13
10
Yellow Cards
3.35
1.55
Red Cards
0.00
0.00

Injuries

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In suspension danger

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